10 tools every new homeowner should own — and 3 they shouldn’t

Ah, the joys — and burdens — of toolboxbecoming a homeowner.

Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but after you’ve completed the purchase and moved in, you’re responsible for maintenance. In other words, you no longer have a landlord to fix that running toilet or leaky faucet.

The upside? Having a few essentials in your toolbox can help you make some common repairs yourself. Being your own jack-of-all-trades can also help you save money, as repair people typically charge about $60 to $65 an hour, according to HomeAdvisor. But you don’t want to cheap out on tools, home improvement expert Bob Vila says.

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How to set your budget for a big home improvement project

No matter what we’re shopping for, home remodelingfew of us like sticking to a budget. But when you’re doing a major home remodeling project, knowing precisely how much money you have to spend and staying within that budget is crucial.

“As contractors, we design our projects to our clients’ budgets,” says J.P. Ward, architect and vice president of business development at Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Cabin John, Md. “Homeowners need to know what their budget is upfront and be realistic about what they can afford.”

Considering a big home renovation? Here’s how to set your priorities, establish a spending limit and stick to your budget.

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Winter drafts can drive up your energy bill. Here’s how to keep the cold out.

On frigid winter days, sometimes you winter draftsjust want to hunker down at home and stay warm. Sounds cozy, right? Well, good luck doing that in a house full of drafts.

Drafts, or air leaks, can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. In addition to making your space uncomfortable, drafts can drive up your energy bills — as your heating system goes into overdrive to keep your home warm — and even create health risks.

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10 things in your home you never clean — but should

About 8 in 10 Americans say it’s important homejoy-house-cleanerto keep a clean home, a recent survey by global cleaning technology company Kärcher found. But some parts of the house get more TLC than others.

Your kitchen countertops might be spotless, for instance, but can you remember the last time you cleaned your oven racks — or the inside of your dishwasher? Did you even know you could clean the inside of a dishwasher?

Well, don’t fret — we spoke to housekeeping experts and got the dirt on how to clean 10 often-neglected home items.

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7 questions to ask yourself before taking on a DIY home project

Think you’re ready to tackle DIY homesa home-improvement project yourself? Deciding whether you’re up to the challenge or whether you should hire a professional can be tricky.

On one hand, choosing to DIY a home renovation can help you save money, as home improvement spending increases nationwide. From February 2016 to February 2017, U.S. homeowners shelled out an average of $5,157 on home projects — an increase of $1,869 over the previous 12 months, HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey found.

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